Interview

Mustafi - Our team performance was spot on

Eight clearances, seven recoveries and a couple of tackles and interceptions - Shkodran Mustafi’s numbers against Chelsea made for excellent reading, but our No 20 still left Stamford Bridge wondering what could have been.

Speaking to Arsenal Player at full-time, the German international reflected on an intense London derby and a much-improved performance on the road.

on if he’s happy…
Happy? No, because I would like to win games like today. But I think in the end it’s a fair point. I think we had some great opportunities and they had a few at the end. One point at their ground, you can live for that and try to build from this team performance. I think the team performance was spot on. Everyone gave everything and I think it’s really important that we keep going like this.

on the London derby…
It is high tempo. You get games like this, when you have two teams that are both going for the three points. You could see today that both teams did that. That’s what I love about playing in the Premier League because you can see that everyone is going to try and win, try and perform. I think in the end, even though we didn’t get the three points, we performed and now we can go with that into the next game.

on his header…
I saw someone behind me, so I thought I wasn’t offside. I knew I started a bit early, but I know as a defender it’s hard to stay in one line, so you get some going early, some a bit later. I thought if I start a split-second early, I might get this advantage. I got it but unfortunately the man behind me was Sead and no one from the Chelsea team. I was really unhappy with that but it was offside. 

on positives...
We are a team that are willing to learn. I think that we have to try and build from something and I think we can build form this performance today because we were really well organised when we didn’t have the ball. When we had the ball, we played some brilliant one-touch football. I think we can build from this. We played today against the champions of last season and if you play like this, I think you’ll get a lot of points. We can build from that. 

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